Concerns continue over parking on double yellows at Kenworthy Gardens

CONCERNED councillors and residents are calling for more action as drivers continue to park on double yellow lines at Kenworthy Gardens in Uppermill.

One resident, who wishes to be unnamed, told the Independent many of the drivers ignore the markings and wait there to drop off and collect children from Saddleworth School.

But there is also a problem with people parking there throughout the day, hampering access on pavements and narrowing the road, causing obstructions.

More double yellow lines were painted throughout the cul de sac last month but the resident said the markings are just ignored as no-one enforces the restrictions.

She said: “I am concerned because inconsiderate parents and grandparents picking up their children park on double yellow lines and on the pavement every day.

“Residents on mobility scooters and wheelchair users, and prams are being forced on to the roads. Residents also find it difficult to get past mounted vehicles on the pavements.

“Ambulances struggle on a daily basis as they are dropping off or picking up residents. They are also forced on the pavement.

“It is certainly getting worse as they are parking over the entrance to Outram Mews and also all the way down Kenworthy Gardens.

“The double yellow lines are there yet no one seems to ensure they are adhered too. I keep being told by Oldham Council they can’t do anything about it.”

Cllr Graham Sheldon and Cllr Pam Byrne have met numerous times with OMBC highways to discuss the issue, including people double parking opposite Riverside House.

Cllr Sheldon said: “Even after we got yellow lines put down, I still have people calling me saying drivers are still parking there.

“They cause obstructions for other vehicles and ambulances and if they park on the footpaths it can be difficult for people in wheelchairs or with prams to get past.

“I have approached the enforcement officers at Oldham Council to ask them to take a look to see what can be done.”

Saddleworth School confirmed it has been alerted to the problem and a message went out in their bulletin to parents.

A spokesperson for Oldham Council said: “Our officers patrol the whole of the borough, including Kenworthy Gardens.

“Oldham is no different, unfortunately parking issues are prevalent at all schools. We always ask drivers to park responsibly when dropping off and picking up pupils.

“We will, however, continue to monitor the area and will issue parking notices to any vehicles we see in contravention of the restrictions.”

3 Replies to “Concerns continue over parking on double yellows at Kenworthy Gardens”

  1. Dropping off and picking up children lasts for about 15 mins in a morning and early afternoon …… Get a life

  2. Its been bad for about 10years usually at school time, parents like to park as close as they can so their little darlings dont have to walk, just an idea why cant they pick them up from a bus stop nearer to home, or bring back the bus turning circle which did eleviate some of the problem for the residents of Outram Mews a little.! Most of the residents, who are elderly, find it a particular nuisance as their own mobility isint always good. They are just asking people to stop being selfish and adhere to the law.

    1. Reply to L Genty.
      My “little darling” is autistic and so I park on Kenworthy Gardens,for no more than 10 minutes 3 times a week, as part of his routine.
      I don’t block the road or pavement, I don’t park across anyone’s driveway and I don’t park outside anyone’s house. So what is the issue?

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